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Playful Peridot


About this design:

Ok, this one was on my design board for too long but it's finally finished! All the spring designs people have been posting inspired me, as did this custom focal that I had a lampwork artist make.

Started by laying the focal sideways and attaching bendable bead caps to each end, wire wrapping the "Y" under it, and attaching that beautiful spiral beaded bead in colors of peridot, navy, and yellow. That inspired the tassle of LOTS of little gemstones: Peridot, Apatite, White Topaz, Zircon, and Turquoise heshi. Then came the glass teardrops in the same colors, glass triangular peridot colored beads, teal freshwater pearls, large round teal/peridot glass rounds (on side and wired through the circle so the hole shows), more beaded beads, lime green stick pearls, green garnet, teal "yo-yo's" (that are wire wrapped with sterling wire and had been in my stash forever until I figured out what to do with them!), lime green and turquoise glass rounds, and various Hill Tribe Silver accents.

It was a design challenge to try some different techniques that I'd been thinking of trying to put together in one piece. And the spring colors look so fresh and fun together. Do you like it? SLS

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  1. Lyric Chick aka Bev
    Lyric Chick aka Bev says:

    Do we like it, she asks? You’d be blind not to like this. The colors are two of my favs. That focal is exotically enticing…simply mesmerizing!!!! The beaded tassel reminds me of a necklace I bought for my Mom back in the 60′s. This is contemporary vintage cool. Way to go Shannon.

  2. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    WOW – it’s fabulous Shannon. Sometimes when we challenge ourselves we can come up with some really awesome pieces. Everything works great together.

  3. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Shannon, this is so beautiful! I love your design, the colors, and that amazing focal! Great job! :D

  4. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    another beauty!

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    K H says:

    Wow, I love the east/west presentation of the focal, and the colors are simply to die for!!!! :)

  6. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is gorgeous,Shannon! Love the design and colors!

  7. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Wonderful design, amazing beads, I LUV IT!! :)

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Like it? No, love it!

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    love to bead aka Donna says:

    Oh it is beautiful. I love it.

  10. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Brilliant! Beautiful collection of beads, and another abso-fabulous design Shannon!

  11. OneOfAKindJewels4u
    OneOfAKindJewels4u says:

    Shannon, I have only been a “beader” for about 8 months and you have (yet again) inspied me to push myself to get to where I want to be. I have looked at your pieces several times and have added several of them to my favs. How long have you been working on designing? Any tips for a “newbie?” Would appreciate any comments.
    ty Lori

  12. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    GORGEOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Gorgeous!!!!!!

  14. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Amazing design and absolutely wonderful use of different beads! You’ve done it again!

  15. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Great design and color! Love it! :D

  16. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Shannon, this is fabulous! 8O

  17. C Clark
    C Clark says:

    This one is all kinds of special. I love the colors and the way you did the focal. It’s eye candy.

  18. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Wow!

  19. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Wow, you all made my day! I had no idea this one was going to be a hit! That large focal stumped me till I turned it ‘east/west’ as KH said.

    One of a Kind Jewels 4U, thanks for your nice note … I’ll send you a message that may help. I’ve been beading for a little over 7 years and read everything that I can get my hands on! SLS

  20. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wow now this is nice!!! you have some wonderful gems on here.. I love what you did with the focal.

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